DECLAN RICE faces a three-match European ban after his X-rated tunnel rant at a referee.
And that spells bad news for Chelsea and Manchester United, who are both chasing the England midfielder this summer.
Man Utd and Chelsea target Declan Rice faces a three-game ban in Europe next seasonCredit: Reuters
Sensational footage captured Rice losing his head in the tunnel after a game which saw Aaron Cresswell and David Moyes receive red cards.
Rice shouted at the official: “Ref! Ref! it is so poor. All night, it is so bad. How can you be that bad? Honestly.
“You’ve probably been f***ing paid. F***ing corruption.”
Rice is now likely to be charged by Uefa once Manzan’s report from the game is submitted.
And should he be found guilty of insulting the ref, Rice would be hit with a three-game ban.
That suspension would begin next season.
And it means if Rice does join a new club this summer, they would be without the midfielder for their first three group games.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are likely to qualify for the Champions League.
And fellow suitors United are on course for a Europa League or Europa Conference League finish.
Rice is expected to fetch as much as £150million should he leave the London Stadium.
But his potential unavailability in Europe could put some sides off a deal this summer.
Reflecting on the explosive rant, Rice told BT Sport: “I think it’s an overlook of the whole game and the decisions that were made, to be honest.
“The sending-off was probably a sending-off, looking back at it, but some of the other decisions were poor tonight. Nothing seemed to go for us.
“The ref seemed to make every decision go for them and in the end, when you’ve got someone who is against you, you can’t really do much.”